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Kenya - Orphan Care and Community

Come explore Kenya's natural beauty while volunteering at a local orphanage. Help inspire them to grow and set attainable goals for their futures.



$1,400

 

Fast Facts

Location of ProjectLimuru, Kenya
Project LengthMin 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks
Arrival AirportNairobi (Jomo Kenyatta) International Airport
Volunteer WorkOrphan care and educational support
Number of ParticipantsUp to 15 international volunteers
Age17 - 80

What's Included

AccommodationShared rooms in volunteer house
Food3 meals a day
SupportLocal in-country team and 24 hour emergency support
Airport TransfersAirport pickup upon arrival and drop-off upon departure
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation All necessary introductions and training will be provided upon arrival

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, travel and medical insurance
 

Location

Located on the equator and Africa's east coast, Kenya boasts beautiful landscapes, thrilling wildlife, and diverse culture waiting to be explored. Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, is a fast-paced, bustling hot spot for business, politics, and culture. 

Located just 30 kilometers north of Nairobi is Limuru, a quiet farm town where this project takes place. 

 

About the Project

Kenya's population is fairly literate for its level of poverty.  The literacy rate is about 85% because all children can attend primary school, which lasts for 8 years, free of charge. However, higher education is often not pursued because of the cost and high marks required for admission. 

Limuru and its surrounding areas have free public elementary schools for the local children, though they are often under-staffed, under-resourced, and over-crowded. The aim of this project is to provide these schools with bright, enthusiastic, and creative volunteers to support the schools in emphasizing the importance and value of education to the community and children with which our volunteers interact. 

Most of the children in the orphangeshave been affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty, physical or emotional abuse, or illness. The children here, ages 4-15, are in dire need of care and affection from the volunteers. Some of the children are developmentally delayed and benefit greatly from the individual attention volunteers are able to provide in regards to promoting development at their own pace.

 

Volunteer Work and Contribution

On this project, you will be working in orphanages which are underfunded and understaffed.  Many of the children living there have fallen behind in school and struggle to catch up and all of the children will benefit from the love and attention you can give them. 

Your duties will be focused on providing care and comfort for the children who are not yet in school and helping with after school activities. Your duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Helping children with their school work after school and during school vacations.
  • General chores around the orphanage such as preparing meals, washing dishes, chopping wood, etc.
  • Assisting orphanage staff in providing care for the children in regards to general life skills and following development programs for individual children who are delayed.
  • Building and maintenance tasks around the orphanage such as painting murals and physical building to expand and improve the orphanage.
  • Leading art and sport activities
  • Create workshops for the children, staff and community members about basic life skills such as hygiene, nutrition, safety, first aid, courtesies, etc. 

The 2014 School calendar is:

  • 1st Term: 6th January - 11th April
  • 2nd Term: 5th May - 8th August
  • 3rd Term: 8th September - 11th November

If you volunteer during a time when school is not in session, your interactions with them will focus on playing games, having fun, sports activities and small outings.  

You will be working about 8 hours per day, 4 days a week. Fridays are reserved for a group project initiated by the volunteers, or a "Limuru market challenge" planned by the volunteer coordinators to educate volunteers on Kenya's culture and people. 

 

Living Arrangements

Accommodations: volunteers will be staying in a fully furnished volunteer house on the grounds of the Brackenhurst International Conference Center. Volunteers will be sharing rooms with up to 5 other volunteers at any given time, as well as shared bathrooms with running hot water showers and flushing toilets. The house has two lounge areas with fireplaces and satellite TV. Volunteers can utilize all that the Brackenhurst International Conference Center has to offer such as volleyball and tennis courts, running/walking trails, and 24-hour security services. As this is a Christian facility, no smoking or alcoholic consumption is allowed on the premises. 

Food: 3 meals a day are provided. Volunteers will eat breakfast at their own pace and will pack their own lunch. Dinners will be prepared by the volunteer house's chef, but volunteers will be involved in planning out fun and culturally diverse meals for everyone to enjoy each night. 

Internet: available on-site

Laundry: service provided two times per week

 

Travel Highlights

During your time off, don't forget to explore all that Kenya has to offer, from its spectacular wildlife to endless natural scenery. The on-site coordinators will he happy to help you arrange any extra activities (not included in the cost of the program) you wish to partake in during your Kenya experience.

Take a safari through Kenya's breathtaking Masai Mara Reserve, which boasts the highest wildlife density in the world and is famous for its 1.4 million wildebeest migration (between July and November) as well as its captivating predatory species all year around. A visit to the Masai Mara Reserve is perfect for anyone craving an authentic and thrilling wildlife experience. 

Volunteers will also have the option to visit a giraffe sanctuary, elephant orphanage, multiple museums, and cultural shows, all within reasonable travel from the project site and great ways to get to know all the beauty and diversity that this country offers. 

 

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 17 years old
  • Police background check
  • Passion for working with children
  • Motivation to work as part of a team

 

Here's an excerpt of Kyle's experience:

  "At break times one could be in the yard with the children, and they would always try to hold your hand—and not just one, either. When no more could fit on either hand they would the hold onto one-another so that up to fifteen children were attached to a single demonstrator. The most memorable event was going to the slums, an area called Kibera, four square-kilometers section of Nairobi, containing one million people, a third of the capital’s total."

Read the rest of his story on the GoEco blog!

 

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